With the countdown to clinics officially inside of one week, all the third-years down here at TU are wrapping up the pre-clinical orientations. Looking back on the last 6 weeks, I realize I remember a lot more than I thought I did from the last 2 years of vet school, about species that I didn’t even realize I knew. The last several weeks have definitely been a little crazy, but through it all I feel like my clinical years may not be the comical disaster I’ve been envisioning.
I’ve already done so much in this few weeks — passing catheters, blood draws, anesthesia, general husbandry info — and it makes me feel more comfortable with the prospect of being in a clinical environment. I realize a lot of these things may seem elementary to some people, but I’d never even been in a situation when I needed to do a physical exam and take a history (which I now at least think I know how to do). Last year I felt so overwhelmed by all the information I was taking in that I wasn’t sure that private practice would be my end game. After actually interacting with the animals and doing some of these procedures, I think I’m warming up to the idea of working in practice.
It also helps that I’m in such a supportive environment. I have a really great surgery group and rotation group, and several of the more experienced students have talked me through some of the procedures I’ve been doing. It’s pretty well known among my class that my primary interest is research, but a few people have joked that the next two years would make a clinician out of me. Who knows, they may actually be right.
In the course of 6 weeks, I’ve gone from nervous dread to cautious excitement about starting clinics and surgery. It’s been a little tough juggling all the obligations of this year, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. Hopefully it’ll stay that way!